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Oklahoma extensive receivers coach Cale Gundy introduced his resignation after studying a “shameful and hurtful” phrase displayed on a participant’s iPad throughout a crew assembly final week.
Gundy, who had served as an assistant coach at his alma mater since 1999, launched a press release detailing the incident late Sunday night time:
Cale Gundy @OU_CoachGundy
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“It is with disappointment that I settle for Coach Gundy’s resignation. He is devoted greater than half his life to Oklahoma Soccer and has served our program and college nicely,” coach Brent Venables stated in a statement. “We’re grateful for that dedication. We additionally acknowledge that in stepping apart he is positioned this system and the welfare of our student-athletes first. In teaching and in life, we’re all accountable for our actions and the ensuing outcomes.”
Venables introduced L’Damian Washington will substitute Gundy as extensive receivers coach on an interim foundation.
In response to the assertion launched by Gundy, he picked up the participant’s iPad after noticing he was distracted within the movie session after which learn a message aloud to the room. The message included an undisclosed phrase, which he learn verbatim.
Gundy stated he “didn’t even understand” what he was studying till the phrases got here out of his mouth.
Joe Mixon, who performed underneath Gundy throughout his time at Oklahoma, launched a prolonged assertion defending the coach early Monday morning. The now-Cincinnati Bengals working again stated Gundy by no means displayed any type of racism throughout his time in Norman.
“I do know racists,” Mixon stated within the assertion. “I’ve witnessed each apparent and discreet types of racism and have identified and detested much more precise racist. Coach Gundy is the farthest factor from such a individual. I spent every single day for the 1,000 days I used to be in Norman with him. And I by no means noticed something that might lead anybody to imagine this or assume this.”
Gabe Ikard of SiriusXM reported talking to a number of Oklahoma gamers who stated a “overwhelming majority” of the crew wished Gundy to remain on. Nevertheless, within the aftermath, Gundy felt it was greatest for him to stroll away from this system.